Former Yona Mayor Jesse Mendiola Blas is set to be sentenced in federal court next week.
It has been 10-months since Blas pled guilty to one count of extortion under color of official right. He admitted that he issued a postal mailbox to Brenda Kinian, an undercover FBI informant.
However, Blas asserted that he was unaware that the mailbox would be used to smuggle methamphetamine into Guam. Blas faces up to 20 years behind bars for the conviction, but the sentencing range will be argued on January 7th.
The prosecution indicated that they will be calling three witnesses one of which is FBI informant Brenda Kinian. She will be testifying via video conferencing from Yap.
The government will also be playing 7 videos and 9 audio recordings of interactions involving Blas.
The former mayor’s ex-lover and whistleblower Vickilyn Teregeyo will not be called to testify. Blas’ attorney Joseph Razzano indicated they would be cross-examining Kinian at the hearing.
District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood has set aside one day for witness testimony with arguments on the sentence range to follow on Friday, January 8th.